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  • FSA Scoop...Emergency problems defined

    Our FSA State Director has issued a press release for the state of Nebraska concerning the disaster conditions this year, and I’m inserting it into my column, as it is very informational. Programs and actions that may assist include: • Notice of ...
  • Big Springs to host university field day Aug. 10

    Efficient water usage will be the emphasis of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Water and Crops Field Day scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Big Springs with field research tours at the West Central Water Resources Field Laboratory (WRFL)....
  • New webinar helps with irrigation scheduling decisions

    A new webinar series offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension helps producers make irrigation scheduling decisions based on data from soil water monitoring equipment. Irrigation scheduling can conserve water and money, but many producers do ...
  • NRCS announces projects to improve natural resources on private ag and forest lands

    Application deadline Aug. 11, through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.   Agriculture producers are now eligible to receive assistance to renovate shelterbelts, restore forested riparian buffers, increase irrigation efficiency and improve h...
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up important for Nebraska

    “This sign-up opportunity for USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is critical to the Nebraska environment and for a greener and healthier America,” announced Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger.  “Interested farm...
  • Coed softball tourney held

    A coed softball tournament was held in conjunction with the Perkins County Fair, ending Thursday, July 29. The winning team included (Front row, l-r): Emily Carlson, Lisa York, Wendy Skeels, Sandy Waitley, Rachelle Fryzek, Amy Thelander. Back row: Kirk ...
  • A splashing good time at the fair

    Several teams were able to escape the upper 90s temps and cool off in the mud pit at the annual mud volleyball tournament held Friday, July 30 at the Perkins County Fairgrounds. Jordan Mahnken reaches for a stray ball while teammate Kye Kurkowski lends ...
  • Rifle competition to be held in Sept.

    All hunter education graduates who are at least 11 years old and have not graduated high school are invited to compete in the annual Nebraska High School Small Bore Rifle Silhouette Championships.  The event will be held Sept. 25 at Pressey Wildlife M...
  • Parents: make sure student has current immunizations

    It’s that time of year again, and where has the summer gone? With just a couple weeks until school starts make sure your children have their immunizations. In Nebraska, children are required to be protected by immunization against various diseases in o...
  • College students should get meningitis vaccine

    College season is almost underway. Parents who are preparing to send a child to college soon, make sure your student receives the meningitis vaccinations. Meningitis or “spinal meningitis” is an inflammation and an infection of the membranes that cov...
  • Mealtime Makeovers...How do you do it?

    As I lay on the couch a while back, my husband says to me, “How do you come up with your ideas each week?” My reply was simply, “I don’t know, I just do. I sit at my computer and think of things that have gone on and food that is good, and I writ...
  • What's Up...Search for the dark in the dark

    The dance of the planets still continues in the early evening sky, and will do so well into September. With a clear, unobstructed western horizon we can sit on the sidelines and enjoy the show. For a while even tiny, first-planet-out-from-the-Sun, Merc...
  • Beef cook-off seeking recipes for contest

    All entries for the “What’s for Dinner” beef cook-off must be received by the end of business on Friday, Aug. 27.   Does anyone have a creative, kid friendly beef recipe?  Could anyone use a new set of kitchen appliances?   If the answer is...
  • MPCC can help those considering career change

    In these turbulent economic times, people who find themselves considering a change in careers may be wondering what the current job market looks like and if they have the skills necessary to qualify for jobs that are in demand. Although Mid-Plains Comm...
  • Summer parties and gatherings near water present safety risks

    New research shows need to take steps to stay safe during summer activities. An estimated 32 million people across the U.S. plan to host parties or gatherings near water this summer, according to new research by Trusted Choice® and the Independent Ins...
  • Udderly amusing

    Tori Osler and Elisa Carlson dive for the fence to get their goat in hopes of being the best in the new goat milking contest at the Perkins County Fair. Several contestants gave it their all in pursuit of a $200 prize on Friday night in front of the grand...
  • New candidates join race for seat on Venango board

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor More candidates have been added to the 2010 November General Election ballot. Monday was the cutoff for non-incumbents to file for village trustee and ESU seats.  The most recent filings have been for the Village of Ven...
  • Medical personnel view features of portable hospital

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor Hopefully it will never be needed—but it’s comforting to know a trailer full of emergency equipment is available just in case. A 20-bed hospital could be set up at an alternate location in case of an emergency that req...
  • Another Perspective...Must a bike-riding experience include a helmet?

    I’ve really enjoyed bike riding this summer. Some days all it amounts to is riding to work, then home for lunch and back and maybe running some errands. But I figure that’s better than nothing, especially when those errands take me to the other end o...
  • Fair kicks off with a safety bicycle ride around town

    On the second day of the Perkins County Fair, Tuesday, July 27, kids gathered at the park for a bicycle ride around Grant. The event was sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department and Pinnacle Bank. This was the fifth year that the event was held during...